Jonathan (2018 film)

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Jonathan film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBill Oliver
Produced by
  • Randy Manis
  • Ricky Tollman
Written by
Music by
  • Will Blair
  • Brooke Blair
CinematographyZach Kuperstein
Edited byTomas Vengris
  • Manis Film
  • Raised by Wolves
Distributed byWell Go USA
Release date
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States

Jonathan, also known as Duplicate,[1] is a 2018 American drama science fiction film directed by Bill Oliver and written by Gregory Davis, Peter Nickowitz and Oliver, starring Ansel Elgort.

It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2018. It was scheduled to be released on November 16, 2018, by Well Go USA.


The film explores the life of an individual with two identities; each functional for 12 hours each day. They communicate via recorded video messages. Two brothers occupy one body. They live in New York City. Jonathan is a draftsman for an architect. John is a clerk in a law firm. They have agreed to a set of rules to follow. Jonathan is more shy and reserved and John is more lively and outgoing. John secretly starts dating a girl and Jonathan hires a detective to spy on his other half. A doctor Nairman has raised the abandoned Jonathan/John and she has planted a device in the brain to allocate the day equally. She counsels each man separately. The secret girl is seen as a betrayal and caused Jonathan to be jealous. John disappears for a week and girlfriend Elena is confused but teaches virgin Jonathan about sex. The personality conflict grows. Jonathan only wants to love his other half and John is ready to commit suicide.

After John battles with depression, the doctor later says that Johnathan is getting weaker, whilst John, driven by his intense emotions is becoming stronger. Johns shift begins to become longer whilst Johnathan's shorten. The movie ends with John in a taxi on the way to JFK, with the sun shining on his face after Johnathan's unfortunate demise.



In August 2016, it was announced Ansel Elgort had been cast in the film, with Bill Oliver directing from a screenplay he wrote, alongside Gregory Davis and Peter Nickowitz. Randy Manis and Ricky Tollman served as producers on the film, while Neal Dodson served as an executive producer.[2] In September 2016, Patricia Clarkson and Suki Waterhouse joined the cast of the film.[3][4]


The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2018.[5] It will also screen at the Los Angeles Film Festival on September 26, 2018.[6][7] Shortly after, Well Go USA acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film, and set it for a November 16, 2018, release.[8] The film was released on Netflix streaming on January 15, 2019.[9]


Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 65% rating, based on 26 reviews.[10] Metacritic gives a score of 62 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]

Variety film critic, Dennis Harvey, is not sure what genre to place this offbeat dual personality film, but he states: " 'Jonathan' is an intelligent absorbing tale that provides an impressive showcase for 'Baby Driver' star Ansel Elgort".[12]


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  2. ^ McNary, Dave (August 3, 2016). "Ansel Elgort Will Play Twins in Indie Drama 'Jonathan'". Variety. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (September 15, 2016). "Patricia Clarkson Joins Ansel Elgort In 'Jonathan' Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 28, 2016). "Suki Waterhouse Schedules A Date With 'Jonathan'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Jonathan | Tribeca Film Festival 2018". Tribeca Film Festival. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 22, 2018). "Ike Barinholtz & Tiffany Haddish's 'The Oath' To World Premiere At Los Angeles Film Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jonathan". Los Angeles Film Festival. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (September 25, 2018). "Ansel Elgort-Starrer 'Jonathan' Bought by Well Go for North America (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jonathan". Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "Jonathan (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  12. ^ Harvey, Dennis (April 21, 2018). "Film Review: 'Jonathan'". Retrieved April 16, 2019.

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